Directed by: Garry Marshall
Written by: Katherine Fugate
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher
Let’s make this year’s new year resolution – never make another holiday-inspired movie with stars to cover up a poor script. Even after Valentines Day failed to win audiences with its star power, director Gary Marshall has herded another assortment of actors, using yet another holiday as an excuse to make a film. While New Year’s Eve delivers everything you would expect from its trailer and poster, we are not prepared for the serious lack of surprise and even superficial enjoyment that one can squeeze from a cheesy flick.
While Love Actually made it work with Christmas, New Year’s Eve interconnects various characters in their different romantic conflicts that all culminate in a party under New York’s new year ball drop. You’ve got the single mother, a couple with their first pregnancy, the caterer for the event and a rock star with romantic history, and the whole predictable parade of soppy love stories that come with two-dimensional characters.
Had the film tried to be more creative about the different shades of love and experiences that can occur on New Year’s Eve, the film may have been original in its take of a holiday that is inherently romantic and exciting. Or at the very least, squeeze in some genuinely entertaining humor to balance the uninspiring characters and plot. Unfortunately, none of our wishes are heard.